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Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Core 2 Duo compatible Intel 945G Express northbridge is ideal for cash-strapped consumers and not so great for AMD... as we'll see with the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard.
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Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4

Doom 3 Source: id Software

Doom 3 takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 148.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.3
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 141.1
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 104.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 144.3
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 96.6
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.7
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 206.7
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 205.8
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 18.7
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 193

Doom 3 framerates with the GeForce 7800GTX are very good, so the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 is able to measure up well against the P965 Express motherboards. Again, the Intel GMA950 illustrates conclusively that it is a horrible solution for intensive videocard games.

Quake 4

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Quake 4
LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 154.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 152.9
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 150.5
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 146.4
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 127.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 150.5
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 113.8
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.8
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.6
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.4
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo Onboard Video) 34.1
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G 200/667 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX) 192.7

Things are much closer in Quake 4 when using a GeForce 7800GTX videocard. The onboard Intel GMA950 is not able to deal with fast paced FPS games like Quake 4 by any measure.

So where does all this leave us?

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel 945G Express and ICH7 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  High Definition Content Playback: System Load Test
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  Overclocking and Test System Specs
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Business Winstone 2004
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super PI
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: FutureMark PCMark05
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: FutureMark 3DMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: FutureMark 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 12.  — Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 13.  How Does 945G Express Handle Core 2 Duo?

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